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CHAPTER EIGHT Post-9/11 world

Ira Brenner Karnac Books PDF

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Post-9/11 world

“. . . a race from the kingdom of the Persians, an accursed race, a race utterly alienated from God . . . has invaded the lands of those Christians and has depopulated them by the sword, pillage and fire; . . . When they wish to torture people by a base death, they perforate their navels, and dragging forth the extremity of the intestines, bind it to a stake; then with flogging they lead the victim around until the viscera having gushed forth the victim falls prostrate upon the ground. Others they

. . . pierce with arrows. Others they . . . cut through the neck with a single blow . . . abominable rape of the women . . . On whom therefore is the labor of avenging these wrongs . . . if not upon you? . . . Whoever, therefore, shall determine upon this holy pilgrimage . . . shall wear the sign of the cross of the Lord on his forehead or on his breast . . .”

(Pope Urban II’s Speech Calling for the First Crusade)

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CHAPTER 4 Animals in Children's Stories

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Animals in Children's Stories



Children still remember what we have long forgotten. An illustrated children's book, of talking animals, must tell the truth, ring with emotion, and graphically depict concerns. As music and art bypass the conscious mind, animals in stories carry powerful emotions, resonate and evoke various elements of experience.

Animals speaking intelligibly seem as natural to a child as plants talking, trees exchanging confidences, and objects becoming animated and alive. In the simple language of now, ducks and toys speak at least as distinctively as a parent. Children animate and vivifY what we later analyze and dissect. In this way, children may not be lonely even when alone, as they surround themselves with countless companions, many of whom are in direct communication with them.

The sensibility and intelligence in the real communication of animals are not lost in children. The wisdom of many animal stories portrays the richness of inner life, as well as the vividness of external life, such as birth and death, heroes and villains, mastery and defeat.

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16. The Divine King and the Macrocosm of Destruction

Eric Rhode Eric Rhode Ebook ePub



Francis I, king of France, died in 1547. His heart, entrails and corpse were placed in three separate coffins. Officers of the court placed an effigy of the king on a bed of state and for eleven days served it sumptuous meals. 1 The effigy bore a likeness to the king that many of the mourners found disquieting. It wore majestic robes. The officers of the court took the coffin containing the corpse and the effigy first to Paris and then to the king's burial place at St. Denis. On the procession into Paris, certain mourners soberly walked by the coffin, which was covered in a black cloth, while the majority of the people in a carnival mood walked and danced around the effigy which was carried high (Schnepel p. 78ff., quoting Giesey).

The two-tiered tomb of Archbishop Chichele in Canterbury Cathedral shows a similar coincidence of opposites between cosmic destruction and creation. On the lower tier lies a statue of the archbishop's corpse emaciated in death, while on the upper tier lies the archbishop dressed in the full splendour of office. The suffering represented by the lower statue is too convincing to allow the iconic claims of the statue above to be persuasive.

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7. The question of independence in psychotherapy

Jenny Pearson Karnac Books ePub

Peter Lomas

A large proportion of the diagnostic criteria and treatment procedures current in medicine find general acceptance. The reason for this is that such measures, however imperfect, rest on the authority of a scientific basis. The same cannot be said for psychotherapy, as its critics are quick to point out. In contrast, the justification of much psychotherapy relies much more on the sway of its most revered thinkers, the degree to which their pronouncements appear to match the practitioner’s subjective experience, and the tenuous and often conflicting theories that are offered as a blue-print for key phenomena. It is little wonder that the therapist struggles to maintain intellectual confidence and that debate is so often angry and strident. Psychoanalysis, by far the most creative and influential approach to psychotherapy for the past century, has been beset by dogmas and intrigues despite the richness of Freud’s vision. The sad story of the perennial feuding among psychoanalysts has been rigorously laid bare by Roazen (2001).

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CHAPTER FOUR. Trauma Clots

Michael Eigen Karnac Books ePub

Arnie lived a full life at the edge of depression. He was born in the south, warm weather, warm water. He feels that the women who cared for him, along with his mother, over-fulfilled him. They gave him too much of everything: beach, swimming, boating, fishing, endless play, lots of attention, paradise. This, he claims, is the first bane of his life, things came too easy. He was not prepared for what lay ahead. He wonders, too, about sexual molestation, vague images, sensations, a woman mouthing his penis, a man doing something, wanting to do something, sensations in the background of his feeling self.

When he was ten his father took the family to live in a “bad” neighborhood in a northern city. Tough kids, fights, struggle for survival. Arnie didn’t know what hit him, yet the challenge excited him, his first true test beyond mama’s care. He suspected his easy life was illusory. Now he had a chance to taste the truth of pushing against one’s limits, the limits of the world.

Arnie relished exercising his powers but there were flickers of sadness. He missed southern ease, the caring rhythms that once fed him. New pleasures, new injuries. Sadness stayed and there was no way of knowing the turns sadness would take over time.

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